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Buck Showalter in Orioles gear with sunglasses on

Buck Showalter in Orioles gear with sunglasses on

The Mets announced on Oct. 4 that Luis Rojas would not be returning as manager for the 2022 season and beyond. So the stage has been set for yet another manager search.

Here’s every rumor and report surrounding the various names that are connected to the Mets’ vacancy this offseason:

Oct. 11, 5:43 p.m.

In an in-depth interview with The Athletic’s Brittany Ghiroli, long-time manager Buck Showalter was asked about the rumblings that he’d be connected to two of the most popular manager vacancies in the league — the Mets and San Diego Padres.

Showalter admitted if the Mets gave him a call, he’d definitely pick up the phone.

“I don’t talk about jobs that aren’t currently open, so the ones that are, it’s always an honor just to be mentioned,” he said. “They got a lot of good, qualified people to pick from. I don’t know (if I will be asked to interview). That’s not my decision, but I’d listen if they (the Padres or Mets) called. Like I said, it’s an honor just to be mentioned.”

Showalter last managed with the Baltimore Orioles in 2018, adding that he misses being in the dugout a lot. He’s recently been an analyst with the YES Network, so he’s still connected to the game.

And of course, through his years with the Yankees, Showalter knows what it takes to win in New York. But he is known as an “old school manager,” one that isn’t always keen to listen to those above him, like a GM, that wants to make suggestions with lineup construction and such. If considered, that will be a major talking point for whoever the new president of baseball operations and GM will end up being as well.

Oct. 4, 4:29 p.m.

SNY contributor and former Mets GM Jim Duquette broke down his early candidates for the manager role following the announcement that Luis Rojas wouldn’t be returning as manager. They are as follows:

Carlos Beltran (once hired but let go after MLB’s Astros’ scandal report came out)
Ron Washington
– Eduardo Perez
(runner-up to Beltran)
– Bob Melvin (via trade; Billy Beane among those mentioned for baseball ops. hire)
Clint Hurdle
– Joe McEwing
– Buck Showalter
– Todd Zeile
– John Gibbons
– Mi
guel Cairo

Oct. 4, 2:57 p.m.

The Mets made the move many were expecting, as Luis Rojas will not return as manager for the 2022 season and beyond.

Rojas has been offered an opportunity to remain in the organization in “a yet to be determined capacity.”

“The entire Mets organization is grateful for the dedication and devotion that Luis has exhibited over the last two seasons as manager,” team president Sandy Alderson said in a statement. “He has shown a great commitment to the Mets over many years in multiple capacities. These decisions are never easy, but we feel a change is needed at this time.”

Owner Steve Cohen tweeted Monday that he wanted to thank Rojas for his work as a manager. “He is a good man who represented the Mets with dignity and calm during two extremely trying years.”

In a statement Rojas said he wanted to “share such heartfelt gratitude to so many in the Mets organization for not only the last two seasons as manager, but for the last 16 years in a variety of roles.”

“In each and every position I held, striving for excellence was our daily mission,” he said. “I will always hold the relationships and friendships, developed over the years, dear to my heart, and am forever grateful to have been able to wear the Mets uniform for so long. We live in a results oriented business, and am deeply disappointed for our staff and fans that we didn’t reach our goals this season.”

Source: Yahoo Sports

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